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November 4, 2017 James Vick News
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Vick defeated Joe Duffy via TKO (punches) at 4:59 of Round 2 at UFC 217 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Vick continues to get no recognition, but he also continues to roll over anyone placed in his path. He rebounded from a poor Round 1 to turn up the pressure in Round 2. The finish came when he dropped Vick with a beautiful uppercut that led to Todd Anderson stepping in and calling off the bout. Massive for the lightweight division at 6-foot-3, Vick stands at distance and pops his opponent on the feet and he excels at using his long limbs on the mat. Vick is 8-1 in the UFC and his only loss came against a tough customer in Beneil Dariush. Somehow not ranked in the top 15 heading into the night, Vick is finally going to get the recognition he deserves after this performance.
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Fantasy AnalysisBoth Vick and Duffy agreed to new deals with the UFC back in July, and will face one another in the first fight of their respective contracts. Vick comes into the bout with plenty of momentum after winning three consecutive fights, with his latest coming via a first-round technical knockout of Marco Polo Reyes at UFC 211. He also boasts more prior experience in the Octagon than the Irishman, who has won four of his five career UFC fights.
Fantasy AnalysisVick signed a four-fight contract with the UFC recently. He has one fight remaining on his current contract and no fight booked at present, but he's looking forward to another challenge after taking down Marco Polo Reyes in May.
Fantasy AnalysisEasy work for one of the most underrated fighters on the UFC roster. While many thought Vick would do everything he could to drag Reyes to the mat, he stood in the pocket against the talented striker and wiped him out with a vicious straight right-hand. Vick is now 7-1 in his first eight UFC fights and he asked for the winner of the upcoming bout between Kevin Lee and Michael Chiesa. Sounds good to us.
Fantasy AnalysisVick had no issues with the much smaller Trujillo. He did allow a takedown in Round 1, but he immediately got a submission attempt out of it and he quickly managed to work his way back to his feet. Armed with a massive reach advantage, Vick kept Trujillo on the outside all night long. Trujillo is a much different type of fighter than Johnny Case, who was Vick's original scheduled opponent, but Vick adjusted to the change beautifully. It was a very strong effort from a fighter who was coming off the first loss of his professional career.
Fantasy AnalysisVick was originally supposed to face Johnny Case, while Trujillo was scheduled for Evan Dunham, but both fights eventually fell through. Vick had been undefeated in the UFC before a loss last June to Beneil Dariush, but a win over an established fighter like Trujillo should get him back on the right track. The two lightweights will help set the stage for a main event bout between Dennis Bermudez and Chan Sung Jung (aka The Korean Zombie).
Fantasy AnalysisVick is a terrific young fighter, but this wasn't his night. It will go down in the record books as a KO win for Dariush due to one big left hand, but the truth of the matter is that Vick was battered and bruised for the better part of the 4:16 that the fight lasted. One short notice loss doesn't change Vick's future outlook at all, but this was a reminder what a struggle it is for the 6-foot-3 Vick to cut to the 155-pound lightweight limit. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him venture up to welterweight at some point in the future.
Fantasy AnalysisThe fact that Vick was easily planted on his back on multiple occasions is a concern moving forward, but he easily won every striking exchange against Franca and he didn't even get to put his biggest weapon, his submission skills, to use. At 6-3, Vick is taller and leaner than just about any lightweight on the roster and his long limbs are a huge asset as he attempts to lock on submission holds. Vick rarely gets talked about, but he is now 5-0 in the UFC and 9-0 overall as a professional. He deserves a quality opponent next time out.
Fantasy AnalysisVick boasts an 8-0 record in his professional career, but will take on arguably his biggest challenge in the young, skilled Franca. Both fighters will have to exercise caution both on the ground and on the feet, as each have shown the tendency to attempt submissions when the opportunity arises.
Fantasy AnalysisVick was really struggling to find his rhythm in the first round but Matthews left his neck exposed in an exchange along the fence and the much taller Vick was able to use his long arms to clamp on the choke. Matthews looked like the more well-rounded fighter but it was Vick who picked up the victory. He is now 4-0 early in his UFC career.